Hand in Hand Raises $44M in Hurricane Relief | See the Pics Here

Celebrities came out by the dozens Monday night for the Hand in Hand hurricane relief benefit, which raised more than $44 million for victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

One big donor was Apple, which donated $5 million, announced Stephen Colbert. Others were Albertsons Cos. And Merck, which gave $1 million each, said Jimmy Fallon. The NBA Association donated $500,000 and vowed to match any NBA player’s donation up to $20,000, NBA player Chris Paul announced.

Performers included Stevie Wonder, who sang “Lean on Me” to kick off the hurricane relief event. “We come together today to love on people that have been devastated by the hurricanes,” he said. “When love goes into action, it preferences no color of skin, no ethnicity, no religious beliefs, no sexual preferences, and no political persuasions. It just loves.”

Stevie Wonder performs at Hand in Hand benefit

Stevie Wonder performs during the Hand in Hand benefit for hurricane relief on September 12, 2017. | Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images

All of the Hand in Hand proceeds will go to the Rebuild Texas Fund, ASPCA, Best Friends, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas, Feeding Florida, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, and United Way.

Oscar-winning co-stars George Clooney, 56, and Julia Roberts, 49, reunited at the event. The duo has acted together in movies including Money Monster (2016), Ocean’s Twelve (2004), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), and Ocean’s Eleven (2001).

George Clooney and Julia Roberts attend Hand in Hand

George Clooney and Julia Roberts attend Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at Universal Studios AMC on September 12, 2017 in Universal City, Calif. | Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images

The hour-long event was broadcast on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CMT, and Twitter. The broadcast was also live-streamed online.

Other celebrities who either performed, spoke, or answered phones included Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Gwen Stefani, Justin Bieber, Sofía Vergara, Cher, Barbara Streisand, Dennis Quaid, Diddy, Ryan Seacrest, and Justin Timberlake.

Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey at Hand in Hand

Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey attend Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at Universal Studios AMC on September 12, 2017 in Universal City, Calif. | Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images

 

Bieber, Stefani, and Vergara at Hand in Hand

Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, and Sofia Vergara attend Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at Universal Studios AMC on September 12, 2017 in Universal City, Calif. | Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images

Singer Beyoncé, who has already come to her hometown Houston to hand out meals to Hurricane Harvey victims, provided a taped message during the telethon. The “Crazy in Love” singer stated that her city’s residents need food, clothing, water, cleaning supplies, and diapers. She said the elderly need wheelchairs while the kids need “books and toys so they can continue to dream.” Regardless of race, religion, or economic status, “We’re all in this together,” she said.

 

 

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